FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cold night ahead; light freeze possible

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Monday’s persistent cloud deck kept temperatures in the low to mid 40s for most of the WAFB area, with the occasional breeze making it feel even colder than that. Skies will begin to clear Monday evening, too late for any afternoon warm-up, but just in time to set us up for a really cold night.

Temperatures will drop into the low to mid 30s by Tuesday’s sunrise for metro Baton Rouge and that means a light freeze is possible for areas north and east of the Capital City. Skies will stay mainly clear through the day Tuesday, allowing things to get a bit warmer as highs reach the mid 50s for much of the WAFB region.

Clouds will be on the increase Tuesday night, with Wednesday’s forecast calling for partly cloudy skies to sun/cloud mix for the afternoon. Wednesday starts out around 40° for the Red Stick, with highs climbing into the low 60s.

It gets even warmer Thursday and Friday, with highs on both days expected to be reach 70° or more. However, both days come with a chance of rain as well (around 50 percent), although rain totals for both days will be limited. By contrast, Saturday looks much wetter, with rain likely and an outlook suggesting many neighborhoods could get upwards of 1″ of rain for the day.

Yet maybe the biggest story for Saturday’s storm system will be the cold air behind the front. Area temperatures will drop into the 30s for Sunday morning and down into the 20s Monday morning. The latest guidance from the First Alert Storm Center has Monday’s lows dropping into the mid to upper 20s for metro Baton Rouge, and that means low to mid 20s likely for communities near and north of the LA/MS state line.

For those of you that haven’t finished your winter preps (wrapping pipes where needed and protecting tender plants), you’ll want to get those done by or before the upcoming weekend.

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